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Canadian Dollar Impacts Some Crocheters

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

15 thoughts on “Canadian Dollar Impacts Some Crocheters

  • February 6, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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    Miley is to fast in showing how to decrease the C2C Afrigan I may be a little slow catching on but I think he should go a little slower and show how for a blanket not a triangle.I am slow I guess because I am 81 years old

  • January 29, 2016 at 10:53 am
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    well said! i have to suck it up as well when i buy online. i look and look and look to get the most amount of yarn for the price. it is hard on me as i don’t have an income. but i use what hubby gives me wisely. so many yarns to choose from. and shipping cost adds to what i can get. so i will continue to shop wisely.

  • January 28, 2016 at 9:35 am
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    Excellent, very informative article! Thank you for being such a voice of reason. Refreshing to hear as opposed to the ranting and raving of the “I am a victim” crowd. Also, being relatively new to the crochet world, it is so very interesting to learn how the worldwide economy affects the the crochet craft business. Thank you!

  • January 27, 2016 at 11:15 am
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    I can definitely relate to not buying online because of the Canadian dollar. I bought a pattern for $6 USD…… worked out to just under $12 CAD. Went to Yarnspirations website to look into ordering. Yowsers! $96 USD for a graphghan (7 balls). I was scared to find out what the amount would be in CAD. I’m fortunate enough to live approximately an hour from spinrite outlet so went there. Yarn, bobbins, and stitch markers for $68.

  • January 27, 2016 at 9:42 am
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    Thanks for your article. I enjoy reading reasoned opinion pieces rather than rants. So much of our lives today is surrounded by noise. We have to learn how to filter through it all – consider/keep “the good” and throw out/ignore the bad. That takes time, effort & a solid education. Us older folks (I’m 47) may have a leg up on the younger generations despite our not having grown up with the Internet 😉 Thanks again. Btw, I made your website my “home page” today. Keep up the good work.

  • January 27, 2016 at 2:38 am
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    The US has issues with Oil and Gas. Millions of people have lost their job in that industry and related industry. It has created cheaper gas for our cars but the higher cost that was imposed when things were up has not gone down. Small companies are suffering I work for one and have to taken 3 pay cuts (first in $ then hours and again on $) while all my expenses are on the rise. I work 54-60 hours a week and get paid for only 32 hour so I really see that as a 4th pay cut to 50%. I only stay because its a family owned business that belongs to my brother. If I leave now it hurts him. If something else comes along, I will take it but possibly work the days off for my brother. There is no happy medium.

    • February 5, 2016 at 1:32 am
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      The same is happening here in Canada.Thousands of jobs lost in oil and gas industry, higher than already high prices on everything because of the lower dollar,lost jobs because of countries with cheaper labour getting the factories we once had here, rediculous real estate prices and no pay raises for workers who are lucky enough to have a job but at least we have free health care. lol. I hope things work out for you.We all seem to be in the same boat don’t we.

  • January 26, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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    Bang on. Too many people express opinions on subjects they have not researched or been educated in. Thanks for taking the time to educate on a subject that does affect us all.

  • January 26, 2016 at 9:17 pm
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    Well for what it’s worth the USD is going to follow suit I am sure. And as for the US getting imports from Asian, China is moving away from exporting or at least trying to so that they can be a more self sufficient country instead of being reliant on the US for their incomes. I know I for one and worried about the tanking USD and the depression that follows. Just look at our stock market falling!

  • January 26, 2016 at 8:09 pm
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    You were bang on, Mikey. My husband works in the natural gas industry here in Pennsylvania, USA. While the drop in oil and gas prices is fantastic when it comes to filling our vehicle tanks, it’s also dropped the natural gas prices to the point where the gas and trucking companies have lost millions of dollars. Just over 80% of the guys that he worked with have lost their jobs in the past year. There are less than skeleton crews working each shift (when they can even work a full shift without being sent home), and yet we have a governor here in PA who wants to tax the gas companies at an even higher rate and a president refusing to allow the pipeline jobs that could help put people on both sides of our border to work.
    You’re right, companies are doing what they have to just to survive–all of them, from yarn to gas. I’m sorry that it makes it even worse for you guys because of the exchange rate. It will be ok though, we’ll all be happy in the lifeboat together as long as we have our craft supplies, a bottle of wine, maybe a carafe of hot coffee, and good people to share our time with.
    All the best,
    LeiAnne

  • January 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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    You aced it!! I would LOVE, LOVE to order from Joanne’s or Hobby Lobby in the US or even from Yanspirations… But by the time I convert to CDN and also add the shipping…? I’ll wait for Walmart or Michaels Canada to have a great sale. And it sucks because there is soooooo much wonderful yarn available…

  • January 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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    It’s a crazy thing if you’re a small business owner. For example, I hand dye yarn and sell it. My product is priced based on my raw materials costs, right down to the grams of dye I use and the mordant to set the dye. Included are packing materials, labeling, advertising, Web hosting, domain name costs, etc. Being a small start up business, I don’t have enough income to be able to replenish my raw materials at current higher prices unless I raise my prices slightly to offset the additional inventory costs. Very frustrating!

    Thank.you, Mikey, and everyone at The Crochet Crowd, for your dedication to your craft.

  • January 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm
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    Well said!

  • January 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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    The really sad thing is I think the $ will be going down. I think the entire world is headed for money problems.

  • January 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm
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    There is always two sides to a problem. Now we know your side. We hope you are able to climb this hill.

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